Employment Opportunities for Economists

The Economic Analysis Group (EAG) of the Antitrust Division is committed to hiring and retaining a strong group of economists whose diversity reflects the public we serve. Each of our more than 50 Ph.D.-holding microeconomists works in teams with attorneys and other economists to analyze industries, understand the strategic interactions of firms, evaluate the competitive implications of proposed mergers, evaluate potential anticompetitive behavior, comment on policy and legislation, provide or support expert testimony, and participate in antitrust litigation.

The Antitrust Division is particularly focused on promoting competition for goods and services whose price and quality are of great importance for people throughout the United States. While many economists at the Antitrust Division have a background in industrial organization, we value the skills found throughout the fields of applied microeconomics. Smart, creative people who like working in teams, enjoy applying economics to new problems, and care about maintaining competitive markets in the U.S. economy are encouraged to apply. The Department of Justice requires that all employees be U.S. citizens.

Opportunities for New and Experienced Economists

EAG participates in regular recruiting activities at the annual AEA meetings in January, and advertises available positions in JOE and USAJOBS. We also have periodic openings for experienced economists throughout the year. We encourage applications from a diverse set of qualified economists. For more information, contact us at atr.eag@usdoj.gov.

Opportunities for Visiting Economists

EAG maintains a program for academic visitors. Most successful visits involve six to nine months at EAG, frequently combining summer months with an adjacent semester. Funding may be available to cover unpaid leave from teaching to engage with our professional economists and attorneys on the latest antitrust matters, or be combined with sabbatical leave funding to mix hands-on antitrust practice with research time. Visiting EAG provides a unique opportunity to deepen your knowledge of how firms compete in important sectors of the economy, sharpen your economics skills in applied analysis, spark new research ideas, have a substantial and immediate impact on public policy, and work with a skilled and experienced group of economists and attorneys. Past visitors report that the experience provides a wealth of ideas for new projects.

Faculty visitors typically come from an industrial organization, applied microeconomics, or applied econometrics background. U.S. citizenship is required. If you are interested in exploring visiting opportunities, send a copy of your curriculum vita with an email indicating your dates of interest to atr.eag@usdoj.gov. We recommend contacting us by December of the academic year prior to your desired visit.

Related pages:
Economic Analysis Group
Economic Analysis Group Papers
Employment Opportunities for Research Analysts


The Department of Justice, Antitrust Division is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity is encouraged. It is the policy of the Department of Justice to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected are required to pass a drug test prior to a final appointment. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Updated December 5, 2016

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